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Transparent and Stable Processes: From Order to On-time Delivery

Software for Optimized Production
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2015 VDA Logistic Award – Adam Opel AG for Supply Chain Optimization

The solution, jointly developed by flexis, supports Adam Opel AG in creating a schedule that is flexible, accounts for changing customer wishes, and continues to ensure on time delivery based on the promised date. In addition, the solution optimizes both the value chain and production program, creating undoubted value for Adam Opel AG.
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BMW Brilliance – Optimizer for Parts Transport Mode Definition

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Turbo Transparency in the Automotive Value Chain

Cost management is still a priority in automotive sector companies. Beside the fluctuating economic outlook, this also concerns advances in integrated indicator systems (balanced scorecards) and cost control, which allow for total costs to be captured.

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Real-time Planning through In-Memory Technology: Faster data access and adaptation

Technology for supply chain management
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Planning Solutions for Intelligent Manufacturing

Transparency through optimized real-time planning. flexis has the know how to analyze and optimize variant rich production processes in order to create a solution that ensures intelligent manufacturing through collaboration and transparency. By creating a continuous and integrated sales and production planning process, flexis is able to create a higher level of clarity across connected business units, increase throughput, and ensure satisfied customers.

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Global Supply Chain Networks - An Ongoing Challenge

Avoiding Bottlenecks and ensuring the security of the Supply Chain: Minimizing the Risks of a Global Network
Are you able to identify potential bottlenecks or under-utilized capacity in advance?
Is it possible to ensure the security of supply against orders or jobs that are already or about to be scheduled?
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Long-term Planning Security

Our solutions provide a look into the future across multiple data axis
Our Demand Capacity Planning solutions offer visibility into a continuous demand stream while taking into account various supply streams. This provides a complete view into current and future needs and allows for faster decisions related to sourcing, accepting changes in demand, or new program introduction. flexis has successfully integrated multiple sources of data to help understand the complete supply situation.
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Integrated Scheduling Framework

What makes flexis solutions special? And some benefits of others?
One Framework - Many Possibilities

Increased On-time Delivery by 8-10%

Reduction of Order Lead time/ Throughput Time by 4-10%

Reduction of Material Handling by 6 to 14%

Planning Effort Reduction of approximately 10-18%

Increased Personnel utilization of between 3-8 %

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Industry 4.0

Intelligent Manufacturing, Redefined
Industry 4.0 is pushing the boundaries of intelligent manufacturing. flexis is more than ready to push into Industry 4.0 with our available solutions that can integrate to different systems and partners in the value stream. This provides the collection of data for rapid interpretation, delivering unsurpassed value to the customer.
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The Decisive Advantage of Planning

Sales & Operations Planning with MRP Integration
Characterized by strong, global competition and an enormous diversification of different products, options, and variants, manufacturers are continuously striving to optimize cost and establish, as precisely as possible, distribution and production networks. flexis has been able provide our customers with a competitive advantage by incorporating complex additional parameters. flexis Sales and Operations Planning solutions not only consider the various Demand Streams, Manufacturing and Supply conditions, but also complex logistics and distribution challenges.
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Our Solutions Speak for Themselves

With flexis Demand Capacity Planning we were able to improve our ability to gain a quick overview of series and parts. This made it a lot easier to secure implementation scenarios and target delivery dates, and also to increase reliability of planning in these areas. The time saved […] is substantial.

Hans Georg Kling, Daimler AG

The optimized production control system using flexis Balancing and flexis Sequencing contributes to increased productivity in the Audi plant in Ingolstadt. Audi AG in Ingolstadt was able to reduce its operating costs significantly. The scheduled color changeovers were reduced by more than 90 per cent as a result of using flexis Balancing and flexis Sequencing. This not only meant a decrease in costs and less paint consumption, but also increased productivity. The investment was amortized in just over 4 months.

Heinz Braun, Audi AG

Together with flexis, we executed a very successful upgrade project for our DAF sequencing applications. Remarkable was how well the flexis team understands our business, enabling smart solutions and in-time project delivery. The project resulted in a new system with flexible scheduling capabilities and modern user interfacing, helping DAF to realize significant savings.

Jeroen de Winter, DAF Trucks N.V.

flexis JMS is helping us optimizing our order to delivery processes, from customer order management to production planning and shipping of orders. The central element is the significant increase of the transparency regarding the current status in our production progress, the availability of products and of all of our production resources. This overview of the current situation can be retrieved quickly and reliable at any time. JMS is helping us to recognize bottlenecks in our production at an early stage as well as avoid idle times of our workforce and machines. Our set-up times also could be reduced significantly....

Seiichiro Hayashi, KMI

By using flexis software for our pre- and final assembly, we managed to optimally implement the KAIZEN targets "one piece flow" and JPS in the order handling process. The order-synchronized control of set assembly and preassembly is the basis for our approach to optimal material flow configuration.

Manfred Mayer, Daimler AG

By using flexis software it is possible to display all relevant logistics and capacity constraints. We can detect much earlier if something is out of order. These two factors enabled our assembly to rely on the demand forecast which in turn led to significant stabilization of the entire plant.

Carl-Eduard Friedrich, Daimler AG

With the introduction of flexis Monitoring we are now able to detect part shortages earlier in the near term horizon. This in turn enables us to start the escalation process to avoid missing parts earlier and to prevent and reduce turbulences and costly retrofitting work in the assembly process.

Werner Mohri, MAN Truck & Bus AG

With flexis Sequencing we have a flexible and reliable planning tool on hand that optimizes our high variant axle production significantly. The switch from push to pull principle was made possible due to the smooth implementation which is reflected in a significant reduction of inventories. flexis has fulfilled our expectations fully. The implementation meets exactly our plant specific requirements while providing the opportunity to make modifications or extensions anytime. In short - it has all the advantages of a modern planning system.

Thorsten Zimpel, MAN Truck & Bus AG

With the launch of flexis complex planning tasks can now be simulated and implemented in a very short period to time. High transparency and early detection of constraint violations pay off in form of precise expressiveness of possible delivery scenarios. Defined constraints -technical capacities - are stored in the master data. With this we can detect early on, whether the scheduling of engines with leveling of cylinder dependent parts for pre-assembly and mechanical manufacturing is feasible or not. Increased transparency in the order-to-delivery process provides the ability to identify possible scenarios and consequences on the production plan or the delivery dates.

Werner Göbel, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE

Opel/Vauxhall has a made a breakthrough in managing its vehicle orders and forecasting in real time together with material availability and logistics, thanks in parts to systems implemented by software-provider flexis.

Automotive Logistics, 17 March 2014

flexis was presented with American Honda’s distinguished Premier Partner Award in a special ceremony in Torrance, CA. flexis was one of 15 award recipients selected from a pool of more than 1,000 eligible suppliers based on excellence in quality, value and customer service. “flexis is pleased to accept this award. Establishing such a solution requires a strong business relationship based on mutual understanding. flexis is honored to be considered a trusted and reliable partner to American Honda. flexis provides solutions which allow a collaborative planning and execution process from the dealers / markets, through the factories into the supply networks. ...

Mike Lenaghan, EVP of flexis North America, Inc.